Biggest Earthquake in a Century Strikes Mexico; Hurricane Near

Erica Roy
September 10, 2017

The 8.2-magnitude quake, the strongest ever hit the region in last 100 years, caused at least 61 deaths and injuries to 200 people in Mexican States including Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Tsunami waves of 2 to 3 feet were observed early Friday morning at Acapulco, Huatulco, and Salina Cruz, Mexico, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The next strongest had occurred in September 1985, when a magnitude 8.0 quake killed an estimated 9,500 people around Mexico City.

Authorities in Mexico say that a hotel in Oaxaca has collapsed in the major natural disaster that hit the country, but no one has been reported dead.

Tremors were felt by a reported 50 million in the country, including in Mexico City some 600 miles away.

According to Reuters, at least 23 of the deaths were in Oaxaca in southern Mexico, while seven others died in Chiapas - the state closest to where the quake was registered - and two others died in Tabasco.

Four people were reported killed in Chiapas, while two children died in Tabasco state.

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Witnesses said buildings there threatened to topple, swaying back and forth, despite the city's distance from the event.

Three were killed in Chiapas, Mexico's southernmost and poorest state, according to Puente, and 10 have died in Oaxaca.

Twenty-three of the confirmed fatalities were in the state of Oaxaca, according to its governor.

The US Geological Survey reported the quake's magnitude at 8.1.

Throughout Friday, the region was shaken with scores of aftershocks.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves rose as high as 0.7 metres in the immediate aftermath of the quake. They ranged in magnitude from 3.7 to 5.7, and Nieto said the country had experienced 62 total in the four hours following the initial quake.

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